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Wow, what a sleeper of a show this is! First of Spring '88, that year that saw the Dead going from their cautious precision of '87 in bringing Jerry back from the edge to a full-blown party....there are a lot of great shows from this season and I almost overlooked this one. Sometimes a show's 4-star rating on the archive betrays reviewers' true intentions, when you consider multiple average reviews posted by the same guy over and over, as well as inexplicable one-star reviews due to what-have-you-bitching that has absolutely nothing to do with the show nor the recording. ANYWAYS....
Set 1 - don't be put off during the opening chords of Touch - they get the mix right and ready pretty quick. The set is played very solidly. Jer takes it all the way with Candyman and Loser - just check out how beautiful his vocals are here. I'll only offer my little warning to get your mouse-button-finger ready to skip over Brent's uber-dorky Far from Me (I mean, really?!?!)
Set 2 - Folks, this is one EXCELLENT suite. Half-Step explodes with fireworks, and Bobby adds a tasteful bit himself with LLR - the band does some really unusual 'tension' play in the song's coda - it's powerful stuff, and the audience quite audibly gets what's going on here...
...and speaking of 'what's going on', what did Bobby ingest during D>S? This version os Truckin' is....well, puzzling, to say the least. They barely hang on to this one and fare better with Miracle and on into the real highlight - Wharf Rat. Jerry takes his sweet time vocally and enunciates everything - two solos added at the end...man, *this* is a keeper!
BTW, what exactly does ol' Bobby Barleycorn say just before they play the encore?
A very well played show. Another nice remaster by Charlie too. You can hear the extra cassette generation in the first set if that kind of thing bothers you. It does not bother me.
Subject: Still going...
after all these years.
Subject: My first show
I drove up with some friends from New Orleans (we were Tulane students), no ticket, first show if I could get in.
The parking lot blew my mind and there was an element of danger as the Atlanta police were all around.
Show was very sold out, I lucked out at the last moment and was able to get a ticket from a taper no less.
First show spent in the taper section, no idea what to expect. Rocked through the first set and was well into it. Didn't know about Drums and Space and became a little disoriented. Then Terrapin. I swear I saw giants walking on stage. Changed my life.
Sorry, can't be analytical about this show, it was all emotion. Glad to finally find the tracks after these 21 years.
Heading to Shoreline this Saturday. It's been a long, strange, enjoyable trip.
Subject: Brent on FIRE!
The second set has some inspired and passionate playing by Brent. IMO one of the strongest second set string of songs into Drums. I've always been a big Brent fan, and 1989 has plenty of gems with 7-7-89 being at the top, but this show just rocks. Brent and Jerry's playing on Half-Step and LLR is nothing short of amazing. Bobby's screaming at the end of LLR is spine tingling. This is one of my all-time favorite shows, and if you dig this one as much as I do, you must check out 3-31-87 (Best Jack Straw ever).
Subject: Won't you tell everybody you meet....
...that this is the best CANDYMAN you've ever heard.
I was at this show, which is above average for a below average year. Nice acoustics for a big venue...crowd was into it....besides the all-timer Candyman, there's a killer TERRAPIN and for fans of LLR (i'm not one) this is among the very best (so i'm told).
Lots of good energy in the 2nd set and a well-played 1st set make this a 4-star show.